NHS Lothian achieves cancer milestone

More than 98% of patients began treatment within the 62 day Scottish Government performance target, making NHS Lothian the highest-performing mainland health board in Scotland.

NHS Lothian’s experts in cancer completed vital tests and began the appropriate specialist treatment for more than 350 people between July and September last year.

Of the 364 people referred during the audit period, 357 started receiving care within 62 days.(98.1%)

The figures were published by the Scottish Government and represent a year on year improvement of nearly 10% on the July – September 2007 achievement of 89.5%.

Dr Charles Swainson, Medical Director, NHS Lothian, said:

“This is a fantastic achievement and the multi-disciplinary team at our regional cancer centre should be congratulated for their hard work in delivering swift high-quality care for our patients. While these figures refer to last year, we know we’re delivering a consistently high level of performance and are working to make treatment even faster in future.”
NHS Lothian moved last year to support staff in cancer services through investment in a number of new key roles, including three new posts for doctors, seven new senior nurse roles and additional administration staff.
Improvements in access to scanning technology – suggested by staff themselves through NHS Lothian’s Lean in Lothian programme – were also put in place to deliver faster treatment.